A Bit About Myself and My Personal Wellness Journey
Born and raised 20 minutes north of Boston, I attended college at the University of Massachusetts with a major in nursing and a minor in psychology. Like it was yesterday... I vividly recall being drawn to learn about health and the human body at a very young age. I also remember how much I truly enjoyed taking the initiative to help others. For instance, I remember at age four handing my grandfather his cane—taking his other hand—and telling him it was time for his walk. That being said, my desire to someday work in the healthcare field didn’t fully develop until a few years later when I witnessed my grandmother painfully suffer and die from her battle with stomach cancer. So, you can only imagine when I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and then soon after went a step further to become certified in Oncology, how I truly thought all my dreams had come true; that I was going to live my life helping others achieve a cancer-free life.
Within weeks of receiving my certification, I landed a position in one of the best teaching hospitals in Boston. I was working on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit as well as the Oncology/Hematology Units. At the time, I believed I had reached my ultimate career goal. In retrospect, all I can honestly say is that I received quite a wake-up call instead.
Sadly, I observed the majority of patients return; and more times than not their condition was worse than the first time. As I started to question and research every single drug, their actions and interactions, and then all the side effects, I grew more and more disenchanted and disheartened by allopathic medicine and the pharmaceutical industry as a whole. I realized that by administering chemotherapy (a toxic poison) into the human body, the stage was being set for a complete immune system crash. I experienced firsthand how chemotherapy and pharmaceuticals can actually be more harmful, damaging, and devastating to every biological system (sometimes beyond repair) than you can bear to imagine.
I endured many sleepless nights just thinking to myself, “there has to be a better way.” I knew I was never going to find the answers I was desperately seeking if I kept swimming in the same pool of insanity; therefore, I decided to leave nursing and the whole field of conventional medicine entirely.
Not long after, I became certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer. I found it to be a fitting short-term career change strategy that came naturally to me—especially since I’ve always been very disciplined and passionate about working out on a daily basis. Overall, I love that it gave me the extra time to seek and find my true calling. It was the perfect transitional road—after my awakening to the truth—that ultimately guided me to the straight path. My quest for a preventative and holistic approach to true health, wellness, and longevity was finally in sight.
Throughout my journey, with all life’s twists and turns along the way, I never stopped searching for what it takes to have the capability to naturally heal, reverse, and dramatically lessen the degree of disease in the body. I would ask, “if the human body has the ability to heal itself when given the right tools, then what are the most important building blocks and major players that make it all possible for the body to do so?”
I felt compelled to learn and seek out as much as I could about natural and whole food nutrition, Eastern and Ayurvedic herbal treatments, and holistic and alternative approaches to medicine. It became an addiction to say the least. I was utterly fascinated!
Lo and behold, it led me to the healing power of positive energy:
On an emotional and mental level, it is the power of positive thoughts creating new belief systems and behavioral patterns that serve you.
On a physical level, it is respecting yourself enough to fuel your body with plenty of whole, organic, raw, and living foods.
Spiritually—it is trusting your creator and having faith in the power that is YOU.
It seems that there is one prominent player when it comes to why one’s health starts to decline, and will potentially fail, if they do not take action—and that is inflammation! Evidently, the primary cause of disease in the body can be traced back to stress and the many internal and external stressors that plague us. How well one can handle stress (physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.) will determine how much inflammation develops in the body as a result.
The fight-or-flight response (also called hyperarousal, or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. It is your body's fast and automatic switch into “high alert.” Picture the need to fight or flee from a tiger in the wildness back in the day.
Fast forward to modern times... where any and all perceived stress—may it be from work, personal relationships, major life changes, illness or death of a family member, friend, or pet, or for some, even responses to chemicals or processed foods like refined sugar—can set off the same stress response system.
Unlike most immediate and physical threats of the past, our more “modern” stressful circumstances tend to be prolonged and faced on a continual basis.
What is okay for your body in a short-term crisis can be harmful over long periods. This long-term activation of the stress response system can disrupt almost all your body's processes, impacting risks such as weight gain, insomnia, memory loss, serious digestive and cardiac issues, physical illnesses and conditions, and much more. It can even impair the absorption of vital nutrients.
With the tremendous amount of stress many find themselves under today—which is then compounded by an increased number of stressors—our endocrine system, immune system, and other biological systems are regrettably taking a major blow and becoming weakened. If ignored for too long, the human body becomes susceptible to a host of diseases and conditions.
Even the American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes and admits that stress is responsible for 80% of diseases.
“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart
The Difference Between Allopathic & Alternative
In my experience... Allopathic, otherwise known as Conventional or Western Scientific Medicine, is well suited for emergent care and trauma intervention. However, it does not have an impressive track record in aiding individuals to cope with the major killers of our modern society—cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and the many other chronic and degenerative diseases on the rise today. More often than not, the Allopathic approach is to mask the symptoms rather than take the time to investigate the root causes of our imbalances. Alternative or Holistic Medicine on the other hand, goes far beyond simple symptom control. Alternative Medicine addresses the WHOLE person and, through natural means and education, steers the life course in a direction towards optimal health and wellness.
Both have a place, and both can share space.
The power of choice is ALWAYS yours.
Straight from the Heart... in our generation of instant gratification—I want it, and I want it now—true quality of life and long-term health will be unachievable unless you are ready to upgrade your perception on the meaning of life, love, joy, and happiness. Band-aid solutions and mind-numbing poisons are not the answer if you desire living the longevity lifestyle.
Communication is the ultimate key to all, and that is what is at the core of EPR (Electro-Physiological Reactivity) Biofeedback. If you allow, EPR Biofeedback can help you unlock and release the stresses that are interfering and blocking you from healing yourself. As your Certified Biofeedback Specialist and Whole Life Coach, I will educate on how to best experience optimum health and well-being, greater mental clarity, and improved physical performance. I will do this by helping you uncover what patterns and behaviors have been keeping you stuck, and by helping you retrain how you respond to what stresses you. In essence, we are working together to rebuild the body’s electrical foundation through reeducation and relaxation training.
With gratitude, love, and light!
Karen A. Di Gloria